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We send our correspondents to bring you the best stories

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In this week's programme, two years after so-called

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Islamic State enslaved thousands of Yazidis in northern Iraq,

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to the team trying to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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The key for us is to establish the criminal responsibility not

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of Daesh as a whole but individual leaders within Daesh.

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We report on the latest human rights crackdown.

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With the Olympics under way, we find out why a country the size

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of India has such a dismal record at the games.

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We have never won a medal for running but with God's grace,

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Two years ago, so-called Islamic State launched an assault

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Thousands of members of the ancient Yazidi

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hundreds of women forced into sexual slavery.

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The attacks spurred the international community

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into military action against Islamic State,

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Now the BBC has been given exclusive access to a group of lawyers

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and investigators trying to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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On the run, dehydrated, and terrified.

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Hundreds of Yazidi families fled for their lives when

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Islamic State militant attacked their villages.

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Two years on, the women and girls captured on the ground

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Where is my Yazidi girl, demands this Islamic State fighter.

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They are discussing a modern slave market for sex with the girls,

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Investigators are working to identify those responsible.

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Here among these documents in a European capital we've been

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asked not to name the evidence that war crimes investigators say

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points to the culpability of senior Islamic State leaders

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for the sexual slavery of possibly thousands of women in Iraq.

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Bill Wylie is heading the investigation.

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His team's research into war crimes by Islamic State is being funded

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We have a lot of evidence that there was a policy,

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an unwritten policy, that this was permissible.

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The key for us is to establish the criminal responsibility not

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of Daesh as a whole but individual leaders within Daesh.

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Tracing the leadership's involvement in sexual slavery has identified

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over 40 slave owners and 30 senior figures.

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Beneath the leader of the Islamic State are those

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believed responsible, like this former schoolteacher.

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Still believed to be at large are the economic and finance emirs.

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This investigator asked to remain anonymous for his own safety.

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I asked him how optimistic he was that these men

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Our focus is to ensure the failures of the past are not repeated.

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It is for that reason that we think first and foremost we need to do

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the job of evidence collecting while we can.

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Justice for the Yazidi people may be years away.

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There is no court to try their tormentors and some

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Sooner or later, they say those who ordered the atrocity will be

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To China, where last year, more than 300 lawyers were rounded

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up in a major crackdown by the government.

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On Tuesday, the first of a number of trials took place and those

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in court were accused of subverting state power.

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There is particular concern that lawyers are being targeted

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in an attempt to discourage the political activities

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China's human rights crackdown finally reached court with official

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state media saying the trial would be open.

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This man is a veteran human rights campaigner and one of around 20

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activists and lawyers who has been detained since the sweeping

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His campaign has already been aired on state TV and today

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This woman is the wife of one of the human rights lawyers caught

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Relatives of the other defendants have been prevented from attending

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the trial and soon enough she too was sent away.

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A few hours later the BBC caught up with her back in Beijing along

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TRANSLATION: It was only after my husband was arrested that

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They haven't let me see him since, so he may not even know he has

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This week, just before the trials began, Wong Yu, another

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prominent defence lawyer, was also paraded in front

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The main thrust of China's case is that she and her colleagues have

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used their human rights work to undermine the government,

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but China's critics see an ulterior motive.

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For many outside of service and of government, there is only one

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conclusion to be drawn from what happened inside this

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court, and that is that China is engaged in an effort to ratchet

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up repression, to rein in dissent and to cement one-party rule.

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Today, she was handed a suspended sentence.

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Given that subversion carries a maximum of life in prison,

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the relative leniency might be a sign that China is paying some

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Now, the countdown to Rio 2016 is over, the Olympics are underway.

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One country, though, that has never made much

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But this year it has sent its largest ever team,

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It is hoped they can help improve the country's terrible

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Its best ever achievement came in London 2012 with six medals.

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If you compare that with their population,

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it is one medal for every 200 million people.

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Justin Rowlatt has been examining why India is so bad at the Olympics.

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And one of the country's best hopes for a medal in the most competitive

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TRANSLATION: We have never won a medal for running

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but with God's grace I will get to the finals and win one.

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But you need more than just confidence to win an Olympic medal.

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It is a type of superfast sledge but there are no tracks in India

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so he has no choice but to train on the open road.

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Like many Indian athletes, he says he just doesn't

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I couldn't sustain my career, I couldn't go for training

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or competition because I didn't have the money, so I started

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And I actually went to 100 companies before one of them said yes.

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Even India's Olympic movement admits the country hasn't always done

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It says the country is poor and sport isn't at the top

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Sport has always taken a back-seat vis-a-vis education.

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Families tend to go for more education for their children,

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you know, go to school, concentrate on education, not sport.

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The basic feeling is that sport doesn't bring in the money

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India is investing more, but even that may not be enough.

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The caste system is also one of the reasons India

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You must remember the lower castes constitute the bulk of India's

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population and they are also the ones who don't have access

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to education or good nutrition or health,

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which has meant a large part of India's population hasn't been

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able to take part in sports and hasn't had access

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But credit companies are stepping in, supporting

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The world's second most populous country will be hoping to bring

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back its biggest ever medals haul as it sends its biggest

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That is all from Reporters this week.

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From me and the team in London, goodbye for now.

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Good evening. For most of us, it was a lovely start of the weekend,

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perfect

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